Darius Is InThe House

After rumors of trade talk with the Steelers, the Jaguars and strong-safety Donovan Darius came to contract terms. The 6-foot-1 and 215 pound five-year pro out of Syracuse signed a franchise deal which guarantees a player at his position at least 3.043 million for one season.

The Steelers, who after losing out on former Tampa Bay Buc Super Bowl MVP Safety Dexter Jackson to the Cardinals, expressed and interest in trading for Darius. The Jaguars were asking for either a first or second round pick from the Steelers. However, the price was too high for the Steelers and a deal never materialized. If the Jags weren't able to trade Darius, it appeared that he would be cut. After July 15, Jacksonville and Darius will be able to negotiate long-term deals and the team will be able to regain their "franchise" designation for next off-season. Last season, Darius was third on the team with tackles (69) 58 solo and one sack.

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